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Daniele De Rossi Left 2006 World Cup Winners' Medal in Coffin of Italy Kitman

ROME, ITALY - NOVEMBER 29:  Daniele De Rossi of AS Roma looks on during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Atalanta BC at Stadio Olimpico on November 29, 2015 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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Joe GallagherFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2016

Legendary Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi has made a poignant and classy gesture, leaving his most prized possession in the coffin of Italy's former kitman, Pietro Lombardi.

De Rossi attended the funeral of 92-year-old Lombardi in Florence on Wednesday, reported Gazzetta World. There, the 32-year-old left his 2006 World Cup winners' medal to rest with his friend.

Berlin, GERMANY:  Italian defender Marco Materazzi (L) looks on as Italian midfielder Daniele De Rossi (R) kisses the World Cup trophy following their victory in the World Cup 2006 final football match between Italy and France at Berlin's Olympic Stadium,

Lombardi was a part of Italy's 2006 World Cup-winning side in Germany and earned the nickname "Spazzolino" (toothbrush) due to his efforts in cleaning the side's boots.

He was a valued member of the champions' team, and now he has the silverware to prove it.

[Gazzetta World]

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